The Nile Watershed

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Snows of the Nile by Day’s Edge Productions, 2014. The movie can be rented for $2.99 for 48 hours or bought for $4.99. (20 minutes; trailer 1:25).

NWNL Comment: Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains rise 5000 meters (16,404 ft) from the heart of Africa. At their summits are some of the only equatorial, or tropical, glaciers on Earth. This range was dubbed “The Mountains of the Moon” by Ptolemy, Greco-Roman geographer of Alexandria, but its zones of montane forest, bamboo, heather and bogs are changing fast due to climate change. Their glaciers have shrunk by more than 80% in the last century, and scientists predict that the remaining ice will disappear in less than 20 years. The future is uncertain for the mountains, their remarkable endemic biodiversity, and the Bakonjo people who call them home.

Snows of the Nile follows Neil Losin and Nate Dappen, two scientists and photographers, on an ambitious expedition retracing the steps of the Duke of Abruzzi’s legendary 1906 ascent with photographer Vittorio Sella. They brave the Rwenzoris’ notoriously unpredictable weather to re-photograph the glaciers in Sella’s photos, thus bearing witness to a century of climate change.

A Fair Share: Ethiopia Claims its Section of the Nile by Ben Solomon for Global Post, 2012 (4:08).

Description by Global Post: Ethiopia, at Egypt’s expense, plans massive projects to make use of its 900-mile-long section of the Blue Nile. Egypt has long held unrivaled “historic rights” over nearly all of the Nile River’s resources. But now all that could be changing as upstream states like Ethiopia and Burundi seize on Egypt’s post-revolution political uncertainty to finally wrest at least some control of the world’s longest river. The result could be dire food and water shortages for Egypt, and maybe another revolution.

NWNL Comment: Ethiopia’s local farmers need irrigation, especially during times of drought. Treaties from the 1920s and 1960s mean that Egypt has all rights to water resources in Ethiopia. The Nile Basin Initiative is working on treaties that will establish trust and confidence between 11 water-needy countries within the Nile Basin.

South Sudan Water Crisis by Catholic Relief, 2011 (2:39).

Description by Catholic Relief: Access to local, safe sources of water is often a matter of life and death for Southern Sudanese struggling to build a new nation.

NWNL Comment: 40% of South Sudan’s people must walk more than 1/2 hour to fetch water. This is a major deterrent to the county’s efforts to become more prosperous. Tribal headmen speak to the importance of local wells.

Death of the Nile? by Andy Johnstone, 2009 (15:48).

Description by Andy Johnstone: This is a final cut of my new film about the effects of climate change on the Nile.

NWNL Comment: A 15-minute cut from a film about the effects of climate change on the Nile, a river supporting 180 million people. The river – now threatened – is where the poor people get water for drinking, cooking and irrigation, and do their fishing. Many local people know nothing about climate change; others are already greatly affected. (See a larger view in NWNL’s Nile River Basin pages.)

A tale of two water towers: Part II Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda by Kimunya Mugo with WWF Eastern Africa Regional Programme Office, 2008 (4:54).

Description by WWF: This film is an entry to a short film contest, “Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of Climate Change.”

NWNL Comment: Through interviews, local scientists and stakeholders analyze the increased impact of climate change on melting the glaciers and snows of the Rwenzori Mountains, an important source of water for the White Nile River. The increase in temperatures also has brought the presence of mosquitos and malaria for the first time to these high altitudes.